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Edward William Brooke papers

Repository: Library of Congress. Manuscript Division

Collection Description (CRHP): Edward Brooke was the first popularly elected African American U.S. Senator.

There are many interviews of Brooke in the Senatorial Papers: Press and Public Relations File and the Attorney General Office Files.

Collection Description (Extant): The papers of Edward William Brooke (1919- ) span the years 1956-1988, primarily covering the period of his political career as attorney general of Massachusetts, 1963-1966, and United States senator, 1967-1978. Included is a small file relating to his unsuccessful campaign for Massachusetts secretary of state in 1960, a few of his early speeches, and one file from his post-senatorial legal career. The collection consists of correspondence, office files, campaign files, speeches and writings, legislative files, subject files, press and public relations files, printed matter, and an extensive array of photographs.

Access Copy Note: Restrictions apply governing the use, photoduplication, or publication of items in this collection. Consult reference staff in the Manuscript Division for information concerning these restrictions. In addition, many collections are stored off-site and advance notice is needed to retrieve these items for research use.

Phonograph, video, and audio recordings have been transferred to the Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division of the Library where they are identified as a part of these papers.

Date(s): 1956-1988

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: MSS58347

Extent: 240,000 items ; 656 containers plus 2 classified and 31 oversize ; 273.6 linear feet

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Language: English

Interviewees: Edward William Brooke

Rights (Extant): Copyright in the unpublished writings of Edward William Brooke in these papers and in other collections in the custody of the Library of Congress is reserved. Consult reference staff in the Manuscript Division for further information.


African American lawyers--Massachusetts
African American politicians--Massachusetts
Brooke, Edward William, 1919-
Discrimination in housing
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
United States. Congress. Senate
United States. National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders


Sound recordings


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